Veolia’s 8 MW Battlefield waste to energy facaility in Shropshire has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal today.
The Battlefield Energy Recovery Facility has been developed by Veolia through a 27 year deal with Shropshire Council and will processes 90,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household waste from across the county.
The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility is part of a 27-year contract between Shropshire Council and Veolia.
Veolia originally secured planning permission to build a waste to energy facility on a site adjacent to the existing Household Recycling Centre and Transfer Station at Battlefield Enterprise Park, Vanguard Way, Shrewsbury.
The plant began construction in October 2012 and became fully operational in May 2015. At its peak more than 180 construction workers, worked on the building and it now employs 24 members of staff in highly skilled positions.
Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia senior executive vice president Veolia UK and Ireland commented: “Over the past 10 years we have worked very closely with Shropshire Council to develop an integrated approach to the county’s waste management and recycling.
“This facility is part of a long term investment in recycling and recovery infrastructure over the lifetime of the contract and will significantly contribute towards maximizing landfill diversion.”
Councillor Ann Hartley, chairman shropshire Council said that the plant is at the heart of the councoles commitment to sustainability and making the best use of resources.
“It allows us to divert non-recyclable waste away from landfill and into a green energy and complements the new household recycling centres we have opened and the improvements to our kerbside recycling service,” she explained.
According to the councillor all these developments have helped to increase the recycling rate, which for many years has been above the national average.
“As recycling rates go up, the amount of waste going to landfill has fallen hugely benefiting the county’s environment,” she concluded. “We have worked closely with Veolia in a partnership that has seen significant and notable improvements to the service that we provide to our residents.”
Veolia added that it works closely with the local community and so far more than 250 people from local groups have come to the site’s purpose-built visitor centre to understand more about what happens to waste in Shropshire.
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